While many athletes from the Twin Cities area are using the range at Elk River periodically, at this point we have been unable to organize weekly coached practices. I do anticipate I will be down once every couple of weeks, and we will hopefully have a camp there in June along with 4 summer races scheduled there. We will send notices and invitations out as those get closer to fruition.
As to everyone across the state, if you plan to lease a rifle from MN Biathlon this year—and I have talked to most of those folks recently, you do need to be a MN Biathlon member even if you belong to one of the subsidiary clubs.
Thanks for your interest in Biathlon! Bill Meyer, Coach
With all the issues of recent years regarding athlete abuse, US Biathlon Association has adopted the above policy and program. Parents, athletes, and coaches please review. Coaches, a reminder that you need to go through this training and also an annual update.
Strange times are upon us! While most on this email list are from MN where a ‘stay at home’ order is in effect, we are all trying to get out the door and get in some exercise….training, in other words. I encourage that. We are in the process of sending out some MN Biathlon training plans at present and the training year 2020/2021 starts on Monday.
But all sorts of concerns arise. 34,000 new infections were tabulated yesterday in the US, though only 85 were noted in MN, probably from lack of testing as the death rate in MN is over 3%. So whatever you do—keep your distance from others not in your normal household. And remember, heavy breathing from exercise causes a lot of lingering virus hanging in the air—so really spread out on trails when others are around.
The other factor is your immune system as the above article addresses. Our plans are for fairly light hours of intensity this time of year, focusing primarily on building endurance with overdistance work and strength. Keep the intensity sessions short and recover well before going hard again.
Good coaches have recognized for years that after a hard workout or race, the athletes’ immune systems are depressed for a period of time. That is the worst time to be social and to stand around coughing on each other. Keep that firmly in mind when you are out on your daily workout!!
All 4 races are available to watch online at https://www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu/ very unusual to have the Youth races video taped! You can spot our team members here and there in the video feeds.
Note: All racers start the Pursuit with their finish interval behind from the Sprint race, behind the winner of the Sprint. They do not get their start time back.
In the Youth Men’s 10km Pursuit: Place Bib [start position] Name Shooting time or time behind 1st 4 [Norwegian] 1000 26:28:00 27th 9 Bjorne Westervelt 2214 +3:37 32nd 3 Maxime Germain 3421 + 3:57 44th 21 Sam Stertz 0043 +5:08
In the Youth Women’s 7.5km Pursuit 1st 4 [Austrian] 0010 22:01 51st 58 Helen Wilson 1201 +5:01 56th 53 Kaisa Bosek 1111 +6:18
In the Junior Men’s 12.5km Pursuit 1st 7 [German] 1020 35:34.2 2nd 5 [Russian] 1211 +0.6 3rd** 11 Alex Cizar, Slovenia 1000 +1.2 [** Alex spent a month or so at Mt Itasca a couple of years back] 32nd 38 Garrett Beckrich 1101 +2:37.6 45th 32 Lars Leopold 2212 + 4:41 49th 53 Vasek Cervenka 2013 +5:05
In the Junior Woman’s 10 km Pursuit 1st 1 [Russian] 0000 30:45 24th 28 Chloe Levin 0011 +3:08 55th 52 Emma Stertz 0102 +8:42
Names in Bold are from MN.
Our congrats to all from the US!! And welcome back tonight for those coming home!
Our take away from the above is the Europeans are both skiing and shooting very fast—and in the case of the winners, shooting very well!! Keep in mind the ‘race’ times include shooting time in the shooting points 4 times plus 150 meters extra skiing for each miss in the range!! Some are getting into position, loading the rifle, shooting 5 shots, putting the rifle on their backs and getting out of position on the range in around 35 sec in prone and 25 sec in standing.
Tomorrow brings the last day of the YJr World Championships. Based on the results of the sprint races the past two days. All 5 MN Biathletes are in the top 60 of their classes and will race in the Pursuit in the am!!!!
In today’s Junior sprints- 10km for the men and 7.5km for the women: